Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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April 6, 2014

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Berkey Announcements

Communications and Office Manager

Priscillah MetekaiPriscillah Metekai has been hired as our new communications and office manager. She will begin working with Rafael Barahona in June, will gradually take on more responsibilities in July and August, and will fully take over the position by the end of August. We welcome Priscillah to this position! We wish Rafael success as he gradually reduces his hours in the church office in order to expand his design business, R3 Design!

College Graduate Recognition

GraduationDuring the worship service on April 13, we will recognize everyone who's graduating this year from college or graduate school. Cake and punch will be served after worship.

Good Friday Service

CrossesWe hope you will join us for the April 18 Good Friday worship service, beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will include optional foot washing, communion, and prayers around the cross.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Empty TombPlease note that our morning schedule on Easter will be different. We'll begin with a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. to which everyone is invited. If you can, please bring fruit already sliced, hard boiled eggs, breads, pastries, or coffee cakes to share. Worship begins at 10:00 a.m., one half-hour after our normal time. There are no Christian Education classes that day.

Sound Booth

MixerIf you need access to the sound booth for a special event, please see one of the regular audio-visual operators (Phil Bauman, Ben Buckwalter, Michael Sherer, Matthew Williams), the office manager, or one of the pastors for a key. To preserve the equipment settings our AV operators have carefully fine-tuned, the sound booth will remain locked during the week and a key will no longer be available from the church office cupboard.

Senior Recital

Emily GrimesNext Sunday, April 13th, at 7:30 p.m., Emily Grimes will be giving her Senior Voice Recital as a part of her music degree completion at Goshen College. The recital will be held in Rieth Recital hall, and will be approximately one hour long. Free and open to the public, all are encouraged to attend! A reception will follow.

Hacienda Gives Back

Hacienda Gives backOn Monday, April 14, There will be a Hacienda Gives Back event for Kids Alive International supporting Joan Troyer to go to the Dominican Republic. There are tokens available at the church along with a flyer on the bulletin board.

Vacation Bible School

VBSSummer Bible School will be held at College Mennonite Church on Tuesday through Friday, June 10 through 13, 2014, as a joint effort of six Mennonite congregations: Assembly, el Buen Pastor, College, Eighth Street, Faith, and Berkey Avenue. The coordinating committee of representatives from these congregations has begun planning for these four mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The “Come and See” curriculum will again be used with children who will begin kindergarten in 2014 and 2015. Kindergarteners through sixth graders will experience the curriculum “Jesus: The Upside-Down Mission.” As always, it will take many people of different ages with many different gifts and skills to help make Bible school happen. Registration forms for adult and youth volunteers will be distributed on April 13, and registration forms for children in our congregations and guests will be distributed later in April. The coordinator from our congregation is Deb Williams. 

MHS Spring Banquet

Menno SimonsThe annual Mennonite Historical Society spring banquet and fundraiser will take place at here at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship on Saturday, April 12. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a delicious meal featuring an "Amish" haystack feast, followed at 7:00 p.m. by a presentation by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, author of "Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels" (Johns Hopkins, 2013) and managing editor at Herald Press. The title of her presentation is "Thrill of the Chaste: Tracing the Rise and Reach of Amish Fiction." Suggested donations for this MHS fundraiser is $25/plate, but you are free to contribute what you are able. For meal reservations contact John D. Roth at or (574) 535-7433 by April 9.

Nooma Series Sunday School Class

Nooma This Sunday we continue our Nooma series. Rob Bell leads us through various topics in this film/DVD series that explores our world from a Jesus perspective. This week, Marilyn will facilitate the conversation. See an overview video of Nooma.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback ThursdaysHead on over to our Facebook page for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!

Our Schools

Bethany Christian Schools Bethany Christian Schools

Next year 6 students from our congregation will be attending Bethany Christian Schools. Their tuition totals $59,662. After the contribution from our general budget and generous contributions from people in the congregation, we only need $6,986 to reach our goal. If you want to help these students, please mark your contributions for the "Bethany Fund." Thank you.

Goshen College Goshen College

International Student Seeks Housing

A male, junior international Goshen College student from India is looking for an off-campus host family to live with. He's a fine young man with one more year of college to go. Anyone interested in being his host family should live within a mile of the GC campus. Please contact Skip Barnett at with inquiries. Thank you!

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Spring Workdays

AMBS is having two spring workdays and needs help cleaning up the campus after the long, harsh winter.  Work will include clearing debris and flower beds, felling dead trees and general sprucing up.  Planned dates are Saturdays, April 26 and May 17, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A snack at break time is provided.  If you would like to help out, contact Missy Kauffman Schrock at or (574) 296-6223 or after church so that the work can be planned accordingly.

CMU Choir Presentation

Canadian Mennonite University’s Chamber Choir and Men’s Octet is coming to Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at AMBS on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us!

Anabaptist Short Course: Mennonite Polity

Join us for this six week, online course to take place
May 7 - June 17, featuring Dr. David Boshart and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div.  Study the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership and identity markers of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Get details and register by April 16.

Community Announcements

Broken ...beloved.

You are invited to worship and fellowship during IN-MI Mennonite Conference Annual Sessions on the Goshen College campus, June 20-22. Early registration discount ends May 9. Learn more.

The Window Remodeling

As I'm sure most of you know, The Window's kitchen is in the process of being remodeled and therefore, we will not be participating in this April's First Friday. We anticipate the project to be completed the first part of May and will keep you informed as to when the "new and improved" kitchen will be reopened.

Developmental Trauma Lecture

On May 22 and 23, Oaklawn will be bringing Robert Anda, MD, and Sharon Wise, MS, to the Kroc Center in South Bend. This event will strengthen our community’s understanding of the effects of developmental trauma from a clinical, public health and personal perspective. This event, ”The impact of developmental trauma: A clinical, public health and personal perspective,” will be held two consecutive days, allowing you to choose which day works best for you. Learn more.

Menno-Hof Winter Series Final Event

You’re invited to attend “When the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: Jesus and coffee” led by Paul Kurtz from Mechanicsburg, Ohio, on April 13, 6:00 p.m. at Menno-Hof. Through their experiences with Rosedale Mennonite Missions, Paul and his wife, Grace, saw first-hand extreme poverty. This journey led them to begin a coffee roasting company that would export coffee in such a way that would benefit the Christian church. Come and be challenged to allow yourself to be a blessing to those around you while enjoying a coffee tasting experience.  This is the last event in Menno-Hof’s “Coffee, cookies and community: Part II” winter series. Bring cookies to share – coffee will be provided. Your RSVP is requested as seating is limited. You can do so at or (260) 768-4117.

Community Dialogue on Justice

A workshop will be held Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Goodwill Center (1805 W. Western Ave.) in South Bend. Community members will have an opportunity to think together about our criminal justice system and how it is affecting all of us. This event is co-sponsored by the United Religious Community and Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns. The day will be facilitated by Kay Pranis, an internationally renowned restorative justice practitioner, author, and trainer. Much of the day's work will be done in circle dialogue, so that people with different perspectives can hear and understand each other. The cost is $12, payable at the door; scholarships will be available. Lunch will be provided. To register, please send an email to the Rev. Len Jepson at If you have questions, contact Susan Sharpe at or Peter Stone at

GIHN's Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network invites you to save the date for Thursday, May 8, for our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: "A Place at the Table."   Tickets for the dinner and program are $50.00 per person and are available now in person, or by mail at 105 S. 3rd Street, Goshen IN 46526.

MDC Goldenrod Seeks Volunteer Painters

MDC Goldenrod is looking for some volunteers to help paint!  Several of the MDC Goldenrod homes on our Goshen campus are in need of a fresh coat.  All painting is interior and includes hallways, bedrooms and living spaces.  We are looking for up to 8 individuals who would be willing to donate some time and energy and help transform and renew these MDC community member’s homes.  Some painting experience and know how would be a plus.  Please call Colin Rusel at (574) 202-7397, or email him at if you are interested or available. Thank you.

Project Promise Celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years Project Promise has been a gift in our community as it has created community together with men and women of all abilities through prayer, worship, crafts, drama, and fellowship. This year we celebrate our 40th year anniversary! Please join us for our 40th anniversary program at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church on March 29th at 4:00 p.m. Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. (This year the program will take the place of our annual Easter Play. Please join us for our Program and look forward to the play resuming in 2015.)

ADEC 42nd Annual Ride-A-Bike

ADEC invites you to support our 42nd annual Ride-A-Bike by encouraging your church to register teams. Think how much fun your youth and families will have riding bicycles or walking together to help children and adults with disabilities! This year’s Ride-A-Bike will be May 17 at Northridge High School. Top pledge raisers — individual and team win prizes. The prize awarded to the top youth pledge raiser is a new bicycle provided by Elkhart Bicycle Shop. Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s main fundraiser and helps pay for the supports and services we offer to children and adults facing the challenges of life with disabilities.The more people get involved, the more money we raise. Please contact Rod Tackett, ADEC Communications Specialist at (574) 848-2443 or with questions.

Positive Parenting Classes

CAPS Happy Kids Healthy Families is partnering with St. Mark's United Methodist Church, schools and community organizations to provide Positive Parenting classes to families in Goshen on Mondays from April 14 to June 16.  We are looking for community members to volunteer to help in the kitchen or in child care.  For the kitchen help, the hours are from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and for child care they are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.  An orientation for both volunteer jobs will be provided. Contact Kim Chastain by at or by phone at (574) 295-2277 for more information or to request a volunteer application. All volunteers who apply will go through a brief interview and background checks will be done. Thank you for considering this valuable volunteer opportunity!

Woodcutting Days at Amigo - UPDATED

Amigo Centre's firewood supply is totally gone in the aftermath of the hard winter, and two woodcutting days will be scheduled this spring to help replenish it. People to cut, carry and stack wood are needed. Dates are March 29 and May 17. We will begin around 8:00 a.m. For the March event, we will serve lunch at 12:00 p.m. For the May event, we will serve brunch at 10:00 a.m. Cutters are welcome to leave at the schedule that works best for them. If you have a chainsaw, please bring it along. Gas and oil are furnished. Your help will be greatly appreciated! Please let us know you are coming at or (269) 651-2811.

Prairie Street Funk Fest

“Can a Potawatomi teach Mennonites to Dance” will be the theme of a Prairie Street and Prairie People encounter at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart (1316 Prairie Street) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). This fifth annual Funk Fest features Potawatomi speaker and storyteller George Godfrey, with a variety of short presentations by others and opportunity for discussion. No advance registration. Cost: $10 ($5 unwaged). Bring sack lunch or pay $5 extra at registration for pizza and fruit lunch. For more information, contact the office at (574) 293-0377 or

Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee

Please plan on joining us to Celebrate Mennonite Central Committee in May 6-9, 2014 when we are excited to offer a special update from Haiti. Kristen & Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti Policy Analyst & Advocacy Coordinators, and Garly Michel, Executive Director of MCC partner Wozo, will be sharing stories of how your contributions to MCC have made a difference to Haitians recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake. For more information, contact Les Gustafson-Zook at or call (574) 534-4133. Learn more.


Have something to sell, rent or lend?  Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!

The SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program is now hiring summer staff. Positions include Job Site Coordinators & Meals Coordinators. Time frame is for up to 10 weeks from the last week of May until mid August.  Applicants must be 19 year of age or older and have a willingness and aptitude to learn construction.  Experience is very helpful, but not necessary.  Working with SWAP is a transformational experience in one's Christian faith walk, specifically in developing one's servant heart.  Contact Colettia Estep at (606) 633-5065 of or visit the website at for more information.
The Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale Board appreciates the way so many of you support the sale. As we look forward to the 2014 sale on September 26 and 27. We have several key positions to fill, those being: Vice chair, Co­-chair for the New and Used Auction, and Chair person(s) for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. If you feel called to help serve in this way or know someone who has gifts in these areas please contact us at (888­) 503­-8559
MCC Great Lakes seeks a Human Resources Coordinator in the Goshen office.  Duties for this 70% FTE position include administering HR processes and recruiting. Qualifications are BA in Human Resources or equivalent experience, PHR or SPHR certification preferred, strong administrative and organizational skills. The position description can be viewed at  If interested, send a letter of intent and resume to Darlene Dintaman at
IU Health Home Care and Hospice seeks volunteers to provide comfort, support and companionship to hospice patients and their families in Goshen, Middlebury, Millersburg, Ligonier, New Paris, and Milford. Hospice training is free of charge. For more information, contact Deb Lindemood at (574) 364-1387.
Free baby bunnies! Please contact Tim Nafziger at (574) 533-2264 if you are interested.

Getting to Know

Fellowship Commission

Julie Zimmerman

Julie Zimmerman
My name is Julie Zimmerman and I have been attending Berkey for several years now. I grew up in central Illinois and attended Hesston College and Eastern Mennonite College. I am married to Phil and have three adult children.   I am employed by the Elkhart County Health Department as a nutritionist for the WIC program, where I enjoy meeting a variety of people and talking about one of my favorite subjects:  preventative health.  I enjoy reading, traveling and experiencing nature, especially while walking my dog.

Whether you are new or a charter member, we are continually learning to know each other and we want to get to know you more. It can be very simple, your name, what you do for a living and what you are interested in. You can view our newsletter archive for some examples. Interested in being featured? Let us know!

Did You Know?
Paska, a traditional Easter Bread, is believed to have been brought to the United States by Mennonites. Christian symbolism is associated with features of Paska. The inside of Paska can be a swirl of yellow and white that is said to represent the risen Christ, while the white represents the Holy Spirit.

Do you have an interesting fact about Berkey or Mennonites to share?  Let us know!

We will no longer be printing and distributing calendars each month.  They are however, available for download.
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PrayerPlease contact the office by 9:00 a.m. Thursday with prayer requests.

Please remember in prayer the youth attending baptism / membership exploration classes: Bobby Sessa, Evan Krabill and Kyle Snyder.
Please pray for the students of Model School as they begin Spring Break this week. May this week be a week of safety for children and families who are travelling and those who are at home. May it be a time of rest and play, so they can come back refreshed and ready to learn.
At this point in their year of service, the novelty of international immersion has typically worn off for Mennonite Mission Network’s Radical Journey participants. Pray that as these young adults become more at ease in their host communities, they will see how Jesus is forming a global church across cultures.
Please pray for Greg Smucker's father, Ron Smucker, who was recently diagnosed with a blood cancer called 'high grade myeloid neoplasm.' The cancer blocks normal production of blood cells in the bone marrow. He is just beginning chemotherapy.
Please pray for Steve Garboden's cousin, Nancy Beamer, who has a recurrence of lymphoma.  Please pray that God's love will surround her and give her a peaceful, calm spirit.   Also, please pray for relief of physical pain.

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Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday: April 6

Rafael Barahona, Eleanor Nafziger, Ruth Hathaway

Laverne Nafziger

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Barbara Eichorn, Greg Smucker

Ben Buckwalter / Roxanna Sommers

Julie and Phil Zimmerman

Next Sunday: April 13

Lorraine Pflederer, Diane Beam and Jim Alvarez

Melba and Pete Graber

Diane and Lowell Nafziger

Offering Counters: 
Ron Good, Rick Hostetter

Michael Sherer / Roxanna Sommers

Abbe and Patrick Buller

Statistical Report 
(March 30)

Attendance: 185
General Fund: $7,387.75
Bethany Tuition: $1,875.00
College Matching: $375.00
House Purchase: $400.00
Building: $5.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

Dan Schrock
Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Lois Stoltzfus Mast

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Roy Bergey
Lee Roy Berry, Jr.
Shirley Dick
Jan Shetler

Renae Yoder (Chairperson)
Doug Baker
Laura Horst
Richard Miller
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